JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s hard to be perfect.
Except, apparently, for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has never lost a game in high school, college or the NFL that was played on a Saturday.
He is 37-0: 3-0 at Cartersville (Georgia) High School, 32-0 at Clemson and 2-0 with the Jaguars. But the most important part of that winning streak is trying to extend it to 38-0 by beating the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (4:30 pm ET) this Saturday.
“It is what it is,” Lawrence said. “I don’t really think about it. I think about [how] we have to win this game to keep going, to keep playing, to keep our season alive. So that’s what I think.
“Trying to go 38-0, if you want to put it that way. But about that streak or whatever, honestly, it’s kind of a coincidence that he’s had Saturday games at all three levels. But, yeah, let’s keep it up.” That means we’ll play again next week. This is the plan”.
Lawrence’s two NFL wins have come in the past two weeks. The Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 20-16 in Week 18 at TIAA Bank Field on December 7 and followed up last Saturday’s rally from a 27-0 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 in one game. wild card playoff game at Campo del Banco TIAA.
Lawrence’s two state championships in Cartersville were held on Saturdays (he won another regular-season game on a Saturday) before signing with Clemson as the number one recruit in the country. Since he was 34-2 as a starter in his career with the Tigers, there were plenty of wins on Saturdays. Between them are three ACC championship game victories, and he threw for a combined 742 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception in wins over Virginia, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
Lawrence also beat Notre Dame and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal games on Saturdays.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, most other college quarterbacks who went undefeated on Saturdays since at least 2004 have not played in the NFL, have not started an NFL game on a Saturday, or do not have an unbeaten record.
Lawrence said he couldn’t remember the last time he lost a game on a Saturday. He guessed maybe a high school championship game, but added that he knows it must have happened at some point.
Jaguars catcher Zay Jones was stunned when he heard about Lawrence’s Saturday record. That’s a lot to gain, which Jones said he didn’t really experience at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, or East Carolina University. The Pirates went 10-3 in Jones’ freshman season, but went 8-5, 5-7 and 3-9 in the next three seasons.
“I love my high school, forever loyal. I’m sorry this goes on record, but we weren’t the best,” Jones said. “I feel bad for saying that. I mean it was true at the time. We were good, but we weren’t the best, so I lost a ton. Loyal and bold, purple and gold, my ECU boys, we had our struggles Any fan of the Pirates I would tell you that.Unfortunately, again, I lost a lot in college.
“Where did Trevor grow up again? I should have gone where he went and maybe everything would have been okay.”
There is one person, however, who has nothing to say about Lawrence’s Saturday domination, because talking about it could ruin things for this Saturday.
“The, the, next question,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said.